Types & Functions Of Bearings for Bridges
Function Of Bearings
- Translational movements; and
- Rotational movements
Until the middle of this century, the bearings used consisted of following types:
- Metal sliding bearings
- A pin bearing is a type of fixed bearings that accommodates rotations through the use of a steel
- Translational movements are not allowed.
- The pin at the top is composed of upper and lower semicircularly recessed surfaces with a solid circular pin placed between.
- Usually, there are caps at both ends of the pin to keep the pin from sliding off the seats and to resist uplift loads if required.
- The upper plate is connected to the sole plate by either bolting or welding. The lower curved plate sits on the masonry plate.
Rotational Movement is allowed
Lateral and Translational Movements are Restricted
Roller Type Bearings
- A rocker bearing is a type of expansion bearing that comes in a great variety.
- It typically consists of a pin at the top that facilitates rotations, and a curved surface at the bottom that accommodates the translational movements
- Rocker and pin bearings are primarily used in steel bridges
- A sliding bearing utilizes one plane metal plate sliding against another to accommodate translations.
- The sliding bearing surface produces a frictional force that is applied to the superstructure, substructure, and the bearing itself.
- To reduce this friction force, PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) is often used as a sliding lubricating material. PTFE is sometimes referred to as Teflon, named after a widely used brand of PTFE
- Sliding Bearings be used alone or more often used as a component in other types of bearings
- Pure sliding bearings can only be used when the rotations caused by the deflection at the supports are negligible. They are therefore limited to a span length of 15 m or less by ASHTTO [10.29.1.1]
Knuckle Pinned Bearing
- consist of a laminated elastomeric bearing equipped with a lead cylinder at thecenter of the bearing.
- The function of the rubber-steel laminated portion of the bearing is to carry the weight of the structure and provide post-yield elasticity.
- The lead core is designed to deform plastically, thereby providing damping energy dissipation.
- Lead rubber bearings are used in seismically active areas because of their performance under earthquake loads.